Delivering Energy Efficiency to Middle Income Single Family Households

TitleDelivering Energy Efficiency to Middle Income Single Family Households
Publication TypeReport
Year of Publication2011
AuthorsZimring, Mark, Merrian Borgeson, Ian M. Hoffman, Charles A. Goldman, Elizabeth Stuart, Annika Todd, and Megan A. Billingsley
Pagination102
Date Published12/2011
InstitutionLBNL
CityBerkeley
Keywordsenergy efficiency, middle income energy efficiency
Abstract

The question posed in this report is: How can programs motivate these middle income single family households to seek out more comprehensive energy upgrades, and empower them to do so?

Research methods included interviews with more than 35 program administrators, policy makers, researchers, and other experts; case studies of programs, based on interviews with staff and a review of program materials and data; and analysis of relevant data sources and existing research on demographics, the financial status of Americans, and the characteristics of middle income American households.

While there is no ‘silver bullet' to help these households overcome the range of barriers they face, this report describes outreach strategies, innovative program designs, and financing tools that show promise in increasing the attractiveness and accessibility of energy efficiency for this group. These strategies and tools should be seen as models that are currently being honed to build our knowledge and capacity to deliver energy improvements to middle income households. However, the strategies described in this report are probably not sufficient, in the absence of robust policy frameworks, to deliver these improvements at scale. Instead, these strategies must be paired with enabling and complementary policies to reach their full potential.

Notes

To see the Press Release related to this publication, click here.

See related Policy Briefs here:

Scaling Energy Efficiency in the Heart of the Residential Market: Increasing Middle America's Access to Capital for Energy Improvements
Zimring, M., M.G. Borgeson, I. Hoffman, C. Goldman, E. Stuart, A. Todd and M. Billingsley. Clean Energy Financing Policy Brief. March 2012

Extending Efficiency Services to Underserved Households: NYSERDA's Assisted Home Performance with ENERGY STAR Program
Zimring, M., M.G. Borgeson, I. Hoffman, C. Goldman, E. Stuart, A. Todd and M. Billingsley. Clean Energy Financing Policy Brief. April 2012

Using Credit Enhancements to Leverage Existing CDFI Capacity: Indianapolis EcoHouse Project Loan Program
Zimring, M., M.G. Borgeson, I. Hoffman, C. Goldman, E. Stuart, A. Todd and M. Billingsley. Clean Energy Financing Policy Brief. April 2012

Alternative Underwriting Criteria — Using Utility Bill Payment History as a Proxy for Credit: Case Study on Clean Energy Works Oregon
Zimring, M., M.G. Borgeson, I. Hoffman, C. Goldman, E. Stuart, A. Todd and M. Billingsley. Clean Energy Financing Policy Brief. April 2012

Boulder, Colorado's SmartRegs: Minimum Performance Standards for Residential Rental Housing
Zimring, M., M.G. Borgeson, I. Hoffman, C. Goldman, E. Stuart, A. Todd and M. Billingsley. Clean Energy Financing Policy Brief. March 2012

See related webinars here:
Please note: links listed below are via YouTube

Financing Middle Income Energy Improvements
March 6, 2012

Many of today's energy efficiency financing programs are rejecting half or more of applicants--these rejection rates are higher among middle income households. How can we overcome the up-front cost barrier by responsibly increasing access to capital? Hear from program managers and financial experts about what's being piloted today and what's being planned for tomorrow.

Driving Demand for Middle Income Energy Improvements & Addressing Housing Issues
February 14, 2012

What will it take to motivate middle income homeowners to invest in energy efficiency? How can programs and contractors address non-energy housing issues (e.g. mold, asbestos, ventilation issues) that need to be remediated in conjunction with energy improvements? Hear from energy efficiency program managers and experts about what works and what doesn't.

Overview of Report Findings
January 24, 2012

This webinar will provide a high level summary of the LBNL report, Delivering Efficiency to Middle Income Single Family Households, which identifies steps that energy efficiency program managers and policy makers can take to deliver significant savings on home energy bills to middle income U.S. households.

 

LBNL Report Number

LBNL-5244E

AttachmentSize
Report PDF4.97 MB
Press Release PDF106.17 KB
December 2011 Presentation PDF2.59 MB
January 2012 Presentation PDF2.12 MB
February 2012 Presentation PDF3.17 MB
March 2012 Presentation PDF2.62 MB

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